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Fisker's Second Teaser Reveals a Snarling Front End

Fisker’s Second Teaser Reveals a Snarling Front End

No more mustache grille!

Henrik Fisker’s new automotive venture, Fisker Inc., is close to unveiling its first product, and while details about the car are still being kept under wraps, Fisker has already taken to Twitter twice the past week to show teasers of the the yet-to-be-named model. The first teaser shows the side profile of the car and its defining feature, the butterfly doors. The second and more recent teaser is the photo you see above of the car’s front section. And for a lack of a better description, there are a lot of things in there that’s worth digesting.

It looks so busy that it’s hard to pick which part of the design to peruse first. So let’s start with the LED headlights, which, in addition to having a peculiar boomerang shape that extends to the massive wheel arches, are adaptive to the road ahead, or so Fisker says.

Speaking of the massive arches, they flank a low, swooping vented hood that the Fisker claims was intentionally designed that way to increase the car’s aerodynamic qualities. The absence of Fisker’s old “mustache grille” is a welcome addition to the car’s look and the front bumper has enough angles to it to make it look a tad too aggressive. Overall, it’s a unique look that borders on polarizing, especially if you’re not into the paradox of a design being too busy yet still having some untouched spaces in it.

It’s unlikely this is going to be the final design of the car, so it’s not fair to judge it from this teaser alone. But it is provocative, which might be what Fisker is going for in his attempt to make a splashy return to the auto industry. That much is apparent, as is the company’s claim that the EV sports sedan can go over 400 miles on a single charge.

But there are still so much we don’t know about the car so in the absence of any concrete details, let’s see what new teaser Henrik Fisker releases soon. Maybe the rear section?

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Henrik Fisker Teases New Car With Butterfly Doors

Henrik Fisker Teases New Car With Butterfly Doors

The teaser image gives us a lot to be excited about!

Earlier this month, Henrik Fisker announced that he was launching Fisker Inc – an all-new car company that will (hopefully) be more successful than the original Fisker Automotive that bankrupt years back. As part of the announcement, Fisker claimed that he was working on an all-new “luxury EV sedan” that will boast a 400-mile range and take on the Tesla Model S. There are also plans for a compact EV sedan to take on the Tesla Model 3. It’s really hard to take Fisker’s word for it considering the way his first car company failed so badly, but Fisker recently posted a teaser image on Twitter, and it looks like we should probably take the man seriously.

As is the usual case with teaser images, we can’t get the whole picture, but the car is boasting butterfly doors in the front and rear. The roof looks to slope downward fairly gently, similar to that of the new Porsche Panamera. Ahead of the front doors, there could be a small fender vent, but with the doors open and the picture shadowed it’s hard to tell – that could simply be the opening in the body for the front door. To the front, it looks like the front fascia is as dominating as the front wheel arches. There are two small wings on the fascia just ahead of the front wheels and an LED strip accenting the fenders.

Fisker claims that this new EV will be a “spiritual successor” to the Karma and from what we can see, that could be the case. The front and rear overhangs are a little shorter than that of the original Karma, but this car certainly has an elegant silhouette against that sunset. IT does look like the car will ride rather low to the ground and sport large wheels with thin tires. The rear taillights also look to come in LED form. Fisker claims that more will be announced next week, so stay tuned for updates.

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Henrik Fisker Launches Fisker Inc.

Henrik Fisker Launches Fisker Inc.

Premium electric sedan with 400-mile range tabbed to be firm’s first model

Henrik Fisker is a man of many talents, but based on his track record, owning a car company might not be one of them. Still, the man who sent Fisker Automotive to bankruptcy is giving this whole business of brand ownership another shot with the establishment of Fisker, Inc., a new startup that’s already making some ambitious promises. Oh, Mr. Fisker, your bravado has been missed.

The famed automotive designer responsible for past beauties like the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, and V8 Vantage isn’t being conservative about his intentions for Fisker, Inc. Oh, no. He’s diving straight into the deep end of the pool with plans to develop a luxury EV sedan that will boast a 400-mile battery range, enough to make the Tesla Model S bury its head in the sand. Whether he ends up being successful in this endeavor is another matter entirely, but he’s certainly not coming up short on promises since he already has another model in consideration: a compact EV sedan that will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3.

His new Fisker, Inc. company even has a subsidiary already in Fisker Nanotech, a battery company that will be charged to supply the batteries that Fisker claims uses graphene to “extend its range and life and reducing charging time.”

Details on how he plans to accomplish, let alone fund and execute this new plan are still scarce, but in an interview with Bloomberg, Fisker said that the company has been working in “stealth mode” over the past two years and has since developed a technology that “nobody else has.”

It looks good on paper, but now Fisker is on the clock to deliver the goods in ways his old company couldn’t.

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Henrik Fisker Secretly Working on Electric Car and Battery Technology

Henrik Fisker Secretly Working on Electric Car and Battery Technology

Call it fate, but don’t call it Karma

Henrik Fisker, the Danish-born designer and one-time head honcho at Fisker Automotive, says he’s planning on getting back into the battery-powered vehicle game with a possible all-electric car and the revival of the Fisker nameplate.

The news comes from a recent report by The Detroit News, which interviewed Fisker in a profile on the production of his latest effort, the VLF Force 1. In addition to details on the Force 1, Fisker divulged upcoming plans and concurrent projects concerning all-electric vehicles, including the development of new battery tech.

“I’m definitely working in stealth mode on electric cars of the future. If I do an electric car, it’s going to have to be phenomenal, and has to be something that stands out with technology that nobody else has,” Fisker told The Detroit News.

Fisker’s previous foray into the battery-assisted space was the Karma, a six-figure hybrid luxury sedan produced between 2011 and 2012 by Fisker Automotive. Fisker Automotive went bankrupt in 2013, after which the Chinese auto-parts company Wanxiang Group bought the remaining assets with plans to restart production of the Karma. The car has since been renamed the Karma Revero.

Following the Karma, Fisker’s four-wheeled creations so far have relied exclusively on gasoline for motivation, and specifics on Fisker’s future electrified plans remain under wraps.

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Karma Automotive Set To Make Return With Renamed Model

Karma Automotive Set To Make Return With Renamed Model

Karma Revero is being tapped as better in every way than the Fisker Karma

Karma Automotive, the company once known as Fisker Automotive, is prepared to re-enter the automotive market with a new luxury electric car that it hopes to formally unveil in July or August 2016. The model has been dubbed the Revero and while it will look exactly the same as the car it is succeeding – the Fisker Karma – everything else about will be completely different. For instance, the Revero will make use of electric vehicle control and charging systems from BMW AG as part of an agreement to the sides reached in 2015.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Karma’s chief marketing officer, Jim Taylor commented on the upcoming return of the company, which will now be under the ownership of Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang Group. The company decided to rename itself in part because it wanted to avoid any kind of association with its previous incarnation, which was forced to file for bankruptcy back in 2012 because of a flawed business model.

Other than the name of the company and the model itself, pretty much everything about Karma Automotive is different. For instance, production has been moved to California from Finland. The automaker currently has 500 employees, most of whom are located in Costa Mesa, California. It also has a new 556,000-square foot factory in Moreno Valley, also in California. Even the Rivero is being overhauled to become a more rounded model than the Fisker Karma ever was. According to Taylor, the Rivero will have “serious, major upgrades throughout the electronics systems, wiring, charging, battery.”

No mention of price was mentioned but Taylor did say that Karma plans to start taking orders for the Rivero shortly after its scheduled unveiling in July or August 2016. In the meantime, the automaker has put its attention on holding events for owners of the Fisker Karma and its engineers are providing service and system upgrades for the old models.

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Henrik Fisker Design Unveils New Superyacht Concept

Henrik Fisker Design Unveils New Superyacht Concept

The man behind the Fisker Karma is taking his design talents to the high seas

Henrik Fisker made his reputation in the design community by being the eye behind the aesthetics of such cars like the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8, and the now-discontinued Fisker Karma electric car. The man’s design chops are certainly worth appreciating and in the years since, Fisker has added to his design portfolio with works like the VLF Destino, Force 1, and the Ford Mustang Rocket. He’s even branched out and designed motorcycles. But none of his past works come anywhere close to the sheer magnitude of his latest project: the Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht.

Yes, it’s a yacht, and a super one at that. The Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht is a result of a collaboration between the Danish designer and the Italian shipyard. It measures 164 feet long and is pegged to be built using materials like carbon fiber, reclaimed wood, and other items of the exotic variety. Fisker calls it a “new breed of luxury yacht” and judging by the kind of amenities it has, the man might even be restrained in his choice of words.

So, here’s the lowdown on the enormous, three-deck Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht. It has roof-mounted solar panels, reclaimed wood decks, a spacious salon, a top-deck lounge, swimming pool, sunbathing decks, and a “beach club” swim platform. It also has as many as six guest cabins and quarters for as many as 11 crew members. All of that and I still haven’t touched on the master suite, which is a whole new level of opulence on its own. Consider that this massive room comes with owns library, fold-down balcony, fireplace, starlight ceiling, walk-in closets, and a private staircase that leads to a private home theater.

In terms of power, the Benetti Fisker 50 is said to have the chops to travel at speeds of 15.5 knots or cover 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots before needing to refuel. Hybrid power also comes as an option, something we ought to expect Fisker had something to do.

If your head hasn’t exploded yet, you’ll be comforted to know that owning a Benetti Fisker 50 superyacht comes with its own perils, especially to one’s bank account. Not that it matters to any of us, but according to Benetti, the cost of having one of these built amounts to about $37 million, or about the price of a baseball team’s worth of Ferrari LaFerraris.

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Henrik Fisker Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Aston Martin

Henrik Fisker Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Aston Martin

Aston Martin and Henrik Fisker are back in each others cross hairs. The former Aston Martin designer uncorked the latest haymaker in the form of a $100 million lawsuit, accusing his former employer of committing civil extortion. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. Federal District Court, claims that Aston Martin sent Fisker a “threatening letter” pertaining to the latter’s new Force 1 supercar that he planned to display at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Apparently, Aston Martin believes that the design of the Force One supercar has too many similarities to the Aston Martin DB10 even though the British luxury marque acknowledged that it wasn’t privy to the final design of the Force One. For his part, Fisker immediately took action, arguing that Aston Martin’s allegations were completely baseless because the company’s claims was based solely on a teaser image of the supercar.

Fisker’s lawyer, Jonathan A. Michaels of MLG Automotive Law, added that Aston Martin simply felt “threatened” to see its former designer return to the market to compete against the company. Michaels threw extra shade in Aston Martin’s direction, saying that the company hasn’t done anything remotely close to ground-breaking ever since the designer left the company. Fisker himself lobbed his own personal grenade in Aston Martin’s direction, claiming that the company is simply “trying to intimidate me to prop up their own flailing company and to mask their financial and product deficiencies. I refuse to be intimidated and that is the reason for today’s filing." Fighting words, indeed.

Both Henrik Fisker and MLG Automotive Law are seeking punitive damages, court costs and compensatory damages from Aston Martin at a value of not less than $100 million.

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Karma Automotive Signs Supply Agreement With BMW

Karma Automotive Signs Supply Agreement With BMW

Back in October, we reported that auto manufacturer Fisker had been acquired by the Wanxian Group out of China and that the Fisker name had been officially changed to Karma. At the time, there was no timetable for the release of a new model under the Karma brand name. We now know that Karma should launch its flagship, plug-in hybrid sometime in 2016, but there is even bigger news surrounding Karma and its launch of a new vehicle. I’ll give you a hint – it involves one of Germany’s best: BMW.

Just today, Karma dropped a press release announcing that BMW has agreed to supply the reborn auto manufacturer with its latest and greatest powertrain components. This includes BMW’s high voltage battery charging systems and a number of hybrid and EV systems. Karma’s CEO, Tom Corcoran said, “The Wanxiang Group is giving Karma Automotive the opportunity to bring a stunning car back to the market, and the partnership with BMW and their outstanding track record is a great fit for the future. We will continue to develop beautiful cars with the latest cutting edge hybrid and EV technology.”

Karma has said that the next generation of vehicles that is already being developed will use more of BMW’s powertrain technology, but at this time, we don’t know how much will go into the plug-in hybrid that is slated for release in 2016. Will using parts supplied by BMW help Karma be more successful than Fisker was in its day? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, throwing in some German engineering sure won’t hurt anything.

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Fisker Changes Its Name To Karma Automotive

Fisker Changes Its Name To Karma Automotive

Fisker was a small automotive manufacturer that debuted its first and only model at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. That model, known as the Fisker Karma, was one of the first plug-in hybrid vehicles that actually made it into production. The company eventually fell into financial struggles, and after filing for bankruptcy, was purchased by the Wanxian Group – a massive auto-parts supplier out of China. Under new ownership, Frisker is now slated for revival, but its name has officially been changed to Karma Automotive – clearly in tribute to its original production model.

Karma’s Chief Marketing Office, James Taylor, says that the new name is relevant to the old and new brand, plus it exhibits the companies focus and purpose. “Karma is based on the principle of cause and effect, where your actions create your future. This awareness of what we are doing and why we are doing it—which we characterize as acting with intention—is what we stand for, it’s authentic.” According to the recent press release, Karma’s new management team has attracted world-class expertise and talent.

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Fisker Announces New Customer Support Program

Fisker Announces New Customer Support Program

Fisker is still probably a long way off from building new cars anytime soon (if ever), but to avoid hanging Karma owners out to dry with no warranties, the company announced a new customer service program that will provide OEM parts and continued maintenance services. Current owners are covered for repairs costing up to $2,000, while original owners get another $2,000 for parts and $1,000 for labor. Service centers have been established at existing Fisker dealers in most major cities across the country.

Between the two most well known American-based electric car start-up companies, Fisker definitely came out on the losing end. The company founded by former Aston Martin designer Henrik Fisker declared bankruptcy in 2013 as a result of supply chain problems and recalls. China’s Wanxiang Group purchased the Fisker brand and its assets in 2014, and aside from a possible name change to Elux, that’s pretty much the last we’ve heard of the company.

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Fisker/Aston Lawsuit Dropped; Thunderbolt Will Not Be Produced

Fisker/Aston Lawsuit Dropped; Thunderbolt Will Not Be Produced

There’s no denying that Henrik Fisker’s Thunderbolt Concept is a stunning take on the Aston Martin Vanquish, but it’s also not hard to see how similar this design study looked to the actual car it was based upon. Aston Martin saw the similarities, too, and filed a lawsuit against Fisker for trademark infringements, but now it now seems that cooler heads have prevailed in this matter and the issue has been resolved.

Both parties released a joint statement that says Aston Martin has dropped its lawsuit in exchange for Fisker agreeing to not produce the Thunderbolt. When the car debuted, Fisker had said that the car would be sold in limited numbers through Galpin Motors in L.A. Galpin and Fisker teamed up to create the Ford Mustang Rocket at last year’s SEMA Show, but Ford obviously took less offense to that project than Aston Martin did to the Thunderbolt.

The good news is that this didn’t turn into a lengthy or ugly court case. Fisker unveiled the Thunderbolt Concept at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 14, and Aston Martin filed its lawsuit on March 26.

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2016 Ford Mustang Rocket by Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports

2016 Ford Mustang Rocket by Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports

While Ford was busy making a huge splash with the 2016 Mustang GT350, Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports pulled the covers off their super-Mustang creation, the Rocket. But this isn’t a one-off SEMA late-comer, it’s the first in a series of low-volume Mustangs set for production by GAS.

Fisker and GAS president Beau Boeckmann first started working on the idea after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance back in August 2014. The two worked feverously to ready the design sketches and performance upgrades for the car — and boy, has it paid off.

The Rocket features a substantially reworked body with a new front end, hood, and wider fenders — all crafted from carbon fiber. Under the Rocket’s hood lies the Mustang GT’s original 5.0-liter V-8 but with a Whipple supercharger forcing air down its throat. The spinning screws give the Coyote engine an impressive 725 horsepower. It’s all routed through the ‘Stang’s six-speed manual gearbox.

Fisker and the guys at GAS didn’t stop there. The suspension is updated with fully adjustable shocks, enabling owners to dial in the style of performance they want. Large, 21-inch wheels are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero rubber.

The Mustang Rocket will be available in very limited numbers though Galpin’s Ford dealer network or the select hand-picked Ford dealers around the world. While the company hasn’t given any official word on pricing, the talk around the LA Auto Show floor put its sticker price just over the $100,000 mark.

Updated 03/12/2015: Galpin unveiled the first images of first production Rocket - a car dressed in a beautiful black with exposed carbon fiber racing stripes. The car was presented at Amelia Island.

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